40. Wayne Shorter Quartet
One elder statesman (sax legend Shorter) hooks up with three younger geniuses (pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Brian Blade) to form a group that continues to be one of the top jazz quartets of our time. Their first album, 2002’s Footprints Live! (Verve/Universal), compiles the best recordings from three 2001 concerts. Offering abstract takes on several key Shorter compositions, including the title cut, it’s a high-level demonstration of musical telepathy in action.